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First Impressions
Posted 8/16/13 , edited 8/16/13
Has anyone you've ever gotten close to (or at least close enough to) told you what kind of impression they had of you when they first saw you? I've been told that I look sad when, in reality, I don't think I'm wearing ANY facial expression (I certainly don't feel sad.) An ex of mine who was much more outgoing than me took the initiative of going around asking his friends if they'd seen me before when we first got to know eachother, or they'd see us together and inquire to him about him knowing me. He told me they'd said I was always angry and looked like I didn't want to be bothered. This was shocking to me. I'll admit that I don't like to be around a lot of people as I can't handle it, but that doesn't mean I don't want to talk to ANYONE. I think the problem is that most people just don't understand introverted people (and/or intuitive people..but it might be difficult to know what I'm talking about if you don't know much about Myers-Briggs,) because if they sit down and try to get to know me one on one, and want to listen, they'll find that I never shut up.

Anyway, as I've asked, what kind of impression have you been told you give off?
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Posted 8/16/13
A lot of people tell me I'm "colorful" or "hyped"

I'm actually very pessimistic and bitchy once people get to know me
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Posted 8/16/13
i dont know that anyone has ever told me their first impression of me. oh noeeeeeee i have no close friends!! oh well.
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Posted 8/16/13
i've been told i give off a kind of laid back attitude, almost like i don't care about anything.
which is funny because i worry about close to everything
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22 / M / Colorado
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Posted 8/16/13
One of my really good friends said I looked scary and angry haha, now that she knows me she feels silly for thinking it because I'm a really happy guy. I think people think this because I have a prominent brow if you will haha it looks like I'm scowling when I have no expression.
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Posted 8/16/13 , edited 8/16/13
Kids at school say at first glance I'm viewed as someone who acts sort of nutty and remote, and says odd and random things that are sometimes beyond their grasp. Which is quite accurate, because I'm not yet comfortable with the idea that I need to hang out with anyone.
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28 / F / georgia, usa
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Posted 8/16/13
ive had many mixed answers to that :p some said i seemed shy and anti social while others said i seemed joyful and like i gave off good vibes so i don't know i guess it matters what day people meet me on as to the impression i make :p
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Posted 8/16/13
Some have said that at first glance, knowing my background in school. They thought I was rude ,whiny and annoying. However, once they got to know me their mind blown how friendly I am! >:D
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21 / F / Your Cookie Jar
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Posted 8/16/13
I've been told that I seem pissed off or depressed...? Usually I'm lost in my own thoughts so I guess that makes me look angry or sad. I've have people come up to me and say "Aww what's wrong?" or "it's not that bad, smile!" and I'm thinking "what?" .
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Posted 8/16/13 , edited 8/16/13
People's first impression of me is that I'm scary looking and that I look like a gangster.

I can't really help it I have one of those tough looking face that never smile sort of face.


I wear glasses, and part my hair side way, but people still think... I'm scary looking so...

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Posted 8/16/13
One of my close best guy friend told me I look scary and really quiet when he first met me. But I turn out to be the total opposite, lol.
Can't really blame him, that's what I'm like, I tend to keep quiet when I meet people. To say I'm shy would not be that accurate.
I'm just awkward I guess.
And in my opinion first impressions do matter but you shouldn't entirely judge a person based on their first impression you got from them.
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Posted 8/17/13 , edited 8/17/13
A lot of people seem to think I'm not very approachable. I'm usually pretty spaced out unless someone's talking to me (and sometimes even then), and I've been told that I often look depressed or irritable, and so typically, more introverted people stay away from me, while the extroverted ones usually approach me and learn that I'm actually very easygoing. I have some co-workers who hit it off with me nearly immediately because they're talkative people, and others who I don't communicate with at all because they're more like me. I can take or leave most social interaction, so it doesn't bother me too much; I just hope they don't think of me as being intentionally rude or anything.

The internet is a different story. I'm not a quick thinker by any means, especially when it comes to conversations; the act of turning my thoughts into words can be a little tough for me (I like to be precise about what I say, and will pause to think of a word that's evading me rather than using a near-synonym that has a different connotation or fine meaning), and because of that, I have trouble getting my point across in person because it's in real-time. Text is my outlet for my mental meanderings, since it gives me time to think, and as such, I'm much more confident and articulate online than I am in person, which gives people a different first impression entirely.
Posted 8/17/13 , edited 8/17/13
a lot of people tell me i am funny and a good friend then my friend tell's me that people say that i should go to hell and stuff like that.
so it them saying that i should go to hell or it's real people telling them not to be friend with me so yeah my friend first impression they say i am scary because i was 5.6ft when i was in grade 6
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Posted 8/17/13 , edited 8/17/13
I haven't really asked because I don't think first impressions tell the whole story.

Only two I remember: best friend during high school days - I seemed quiet, reserved, shy, etc. Friend I met in college - I seemed approachable.

It's all about how you present yourself via your clothes, facial expression, body posture, etc.; also context matters a great deal.
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36 / M / United Kingdom
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Posted 8/17/13
No one has ever told me their first impression of me :-/ I wouldn't put much value in it anyway because first impressions are different for each person you meet depending on the circumstances you meet them in.
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